Prof Golam Khandaker, Group Leader

Golam Khandaker  is Professor of Psychiatry  and Immunology at Bristol Medical School, Head of Immunopsychiatry and Experimental Medicine Programme at the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Parthership NHS Trust and co-lead of NIHR Bristol BRC Mental Health Theme. Golam's research focuses on identifying and validating novel immunological mechanisms and potential treatment targets for major psychiatric disorders particularly depression and schizophrenia using epidemiological cohort studies, genetic analysis, and early-phase clinical trials. The key impetus for this work is to move immunotherapies closer to psychiatric practice through innovative translational research. He is also interested in life-course epidemiology of mental disorders, physical and psychiatric multimorbidity especially aetiology, early detection, and prevention of cardiometabolic disease in people with schiozophrenia and depression, and use of routine clinical data for health research.

Prospective PhD Students and Group Members

Golam is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students, staff and interns. Please send an outline of your proposed research idea and CV to Golam. For further information about studying for a PhD in the University of Bristol Department of Psychiatry see here.

Education and Professional Qualification

CCT in General Adult Psychiatry & GMC Full Registration with License to Practice

PhD in Psychiatry, University of Cambridge (2013)

MRCPsych, Royal College of Psychiatrists (2009)

MPhil in Epidemiology, University of Cambridge (2005)

MBBS, University of Dhaka (2002)


Jan 2017 – Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

Nov 2016 – Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Mar 2017 – Honorary Consultant, Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Positions of Responsibility

2014 –'18 Member of Executive Committee, Faculty of Academic Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK

2014 –'17 Member of Governing Body, Darwin College, University of Cambridge


Principal Investigator, Intermediate Clinical Fellowship, Wellcome Trust (2017–2020)

Principal Investigator, Clinical Lecturer Starter Grant, Academy of Medical Sciences (2015–2018)

Gosling Fellowship, Royal College of Psychiatrists (2015)

Clinical PhD Programme at the University of Cambridge, Wellcome Trust (2010–2013)

Shell Centenary Scholarship (2004–2005)


NIHR Rising Star, UK (2017)

Young Investigator Award, International Congress on Schizophrenia Research, USA (2015)

Young Investigator Award, International Early Psychosis Association, Japan (2014)

Teaching Responsibilities

Module Lead, Psychiatric Epidemiology, MPhil in Epidemiology and MPhil in Public Health courses, Cambridge Institute of Public Health (since 2016)

Clinical Work

Golam has a special interest in the management of treatment resistant depression and depression in people with chronic inflammatory physical illness. To arrange a private psychiatric consultation, please contact him at Please note this inbox is not secure to receive confidential patient information.

Research Consulting

Golam is happy to consider consulting work for pharmaceutical, neuroscience, charity and other organisations. Scope of such work may include advising on study design including use of behavioural, cognitive and immunological tests, statistical analysis of epidemiological cohort or clinical trial data, writing of formal reports, representation of clients at regulatory bodies.

Contact Us

We are happy to hear from prospective group members, research collaborators, participants, media, patients and others. Email:

Our address

Medical Research Council Integrative Epidemiology Unit
University of Bristol
Oakfield House
Oakfield Grove
United Kingdom

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